Wednesday, February 21

[NLL MASH-UP] WEEK 11


NLL MASH-UP WEEK 11

It was another exciting week in the NLL that brought us some some exciting games and big performances and a big upset.

CALGARY 20, VANCOUVER 12


The losing continues for the STEALTH, as CALGARY went on a 13-1, 2nd quarter run to cruise in for the win.


The door was open a bit for VANCOUVER as DANE DOBBIE was serving a suspension. But, HOLDEN CATTONI was usually the first lefty out the front door and he took advantage of his opportunity with a career night (5g, 6a).



The transition play of ZACH CURRIER (1g, 1a, 7 LB) and TYSON BELL (2a, 11LB) was impressive. That’s three in a row for CALGARY, they have outscored opposition 49-29 in that span.



All you can say about VANCOUVER is that they are a disaster area at this point. 



SWARM 14 , ROCK 13 OT


The biggest story for the SWARM was the return of JORDAN HALL to the lineup. He made an immediate impact putting up (3g, 1a) in his season debut. His presence also seemed to help JESSE KING on the left side as he had his best game since returning from injury going off for (3g, 3a). Hall looks to be a big upgrade from JOHNNY POWLESS who has been struggling for GEORGIA all season.


LYLE THOMPSON was held goalless, but chipped in with 4a and picked up 5 loose balls. He shot 0/16 for the night. He seems to be getting his looks but the ball isn’t dropping for him at the moment. He will undoubtedly find his range, when he does look out!



SHAYNE JACKSON
(1g, 3a) scored his only goal in OT on a beautiful pick and roll with JESSE KING



KNIGHTHAWKS 16, RUSH 11


No doubt the biggest upset of the week as the KNIGHTHAWKS are trying to get back into playoff contention in the East. Once again DAN DAWSON was out of the lineup as ROCHESTER has a younger look on the offensive end. AUSTIN SHANKS (2g, 2a) and JOSH CURRIER (2g,1a) continue to improve.


CODY JAMIESON (3g, 4a) is coming alive with 7g, 6a in his last two games. We have talked about him getting better as the year progresses after coming off a long layoff.

ROCHESTER still has a big hill to climb as they are 2-6 in Eastern Conference games. Those game may hurt with tiebreaker scenarios down the line.



MAMMOTH 19, BLACKWOLVES 11


NEW ENGLAND continues to struggle after dropping their third in a row. Luckily they got off to a great start and still hold a playoff spot...barely.

The big takeaway to in this game was the 12 penalties committed by the BLACKWOLVES. That resulted in seven power play goals for the MAMMOTH.


DOUG JAMIESON got the start in goal for the BLACKWOLVES and as you would expect from a young goalie was inconsistent. He showed some solid play, but let in some leaky goals as well in his 23 save performance. He was pulled in favor of AARON BOLD in the second half.

It was a great stat game for the MAMMOTH as RYAN BENESCH (2g, 6a), ZACK GREER (3g, 5a) and STEPHEN KEOGH (4g, 3a) all had big afternoons. 



NEW ENGLAND will take to the road next week to take on the STEALTH in BRITISH COLUMBIA. I will have major concerns if they can’t come up with a win versus the NLLs worst team. The BLACKWOLF goal difference is a worry as well as it stands at -29, only the Stealth is worse with -52.



Mid season awards


Pretty much all teams are at the halfway point, so let’s look at some mid season awards and All Pro selections.
 

All Pros Midseason


1st Team
 
RF - DHANE SMITH, BUFFALO (21g, 35a) ... Great Dhane having a bouceback year in Banditland.
RF- ROBERT CHURCH, SASKATCHEWAN (23,35a) ... Underrated on the Rush right side

LF- MARK MATTHEWS, SASKATCHEWAN (20g,37a) ... Best lefty in the world, that’s all
LF - ADAM JONES, TORONTO (24g, 35a) ... Switch to Toronto has elevated his career.

FO - JEREMY THOMPSON, SASKATCHEWAN (54%, 5g, 7a, 84lb) ... Solid on draws, his all around game makes him the leagues best.

D/T - NICK WEISS, BUFFALO (8g, 6a, 64lb) ... Impressive first half.

D - ROBERT HOPE, COLORADO ( 5a, 62lb) ... Leader of the leagues best defense in goals against.

D - KYLE RUBISCH, SASKATCHEWAN (6a, 79lb) ... Solid as a rock.

G - DILLON WARD, COLORADO .778 ... Save % most consistent in league thus far.


2nd Team


RF - BEN MCINTOSH, SASKATCHEWAN (28g,20a) ... Leading League in goals

RF- SHAWN EVANS, NEW ENGLAND (18g, 30a) ... Pound for pound toughest in NLL.

LF - SHAYNE JACKSON, GEORGIA (16g, 29a) ... Unsung hero for GEORGIA 
LF - CODY JAMIESON, ROCHESTER (15g,33a) ... Finding his stride coming back off injury

FO - JAKE WITHERS, ROCHESTER (66%, 3g, 4a, 82lb) ... Leading in FO%. 

D/T - ZACH CURRIER, CALGARY (5g, 8a, 85lb) ... Has made a immediate impact in Calgary 
D- GRAEME HOSSACK, ROCHESTER (5g,4a, 70lb) ... One tough customer 

D - CHALLEN ROGERS, TORONTO (7g,7a, 36lb) ... Missed some games early, love his offense from the back

G - CHRISTIAN DELBIANCO, CALGARY ... .806 save%, leads NLL in GAA and Save%
Has elevated Roughnecks since taking over.

 

MVP, DHANE SMITH, BUFFALO


Defensive POY, NICK WEISS, BUFFALO
GOY, DILLON WARD, COLORADO 
ROY, JOSH BYRNE, BUFFALO

COY, MATT SAWYER, TORONTO

GMOY, STEVE DEITRICH, BUFFALO
 

Picks
 - Another .500 week as we keep our heads above water. As the season progresses the games are harder to pick each week.  For the season we are a solid 25-15.

This week we like:

BUFFALO OVER ROCHESTER 

NEW ENGLAND OVER VANCOUVER

SASKATCHEWAN OVER CALGARY

QUICK STICKS

RYAN BENESCH dishes out career assist 200
CALGARY’S CHAD CUMMINGS tallied his first NLL goal


 

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